Joe Hand Promotions Sues Beerbelly’s over Interception of Broadcast Signal

Hammond, Indiana – Intellectual property lawyers for Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. of Campbell, CA, have filed a lawsuit against Beerbelly’s Corp. of Gary, IN, alleging the defendant intercepted a March 1, 2008, Ultimate Fighting Championship broadcast. The plaintiff claims to hold the rights to distribute the broadcast of those particular fights and that the defendant, and/or its agents, unlawfully published and exhibited the signal at its place of business. Violations of 47 U.S.C. §§ 553 and 605, which prohibit unauthorized reception and use of satellite and cable system transmissions, are asserted, along with a claim for conversion (a civil cause of action analogous to criminal theft).

This case has been assigned to Senior Judge James T. Moody and Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich in the Northern District of Indiana, and assigned case no. 2:10-cv-00057-JTM-APR.

Practice Tip: As seen in this case, the Federal Communications Act provides additional or alternative causes of action for satellite or cable programming companies in addition to those permitted under copyright law.

Overhauser Law Offices, the publisher of this website, has represented several hundred persons and businesses accused of infringing satellite signals.Complaint – Joe Hand v. Beerbelly’s

Further information about this case is as follows:

Filed: January 29, 2010 as 2:2010cv00057 Updated: March 26, 2010 20:35:02

Plaintiff: Joe Hand Promotions Inc

Defendant: Beerbelly’s Corp

Presiding Judge:Senior Judge James T Moody

Referring Judge:Magistrate Judge Andrew P Rodovich

Cause Of Action: Federal Communications Act of 1934

Court:

Seventh Circuit > Indiana > Northern District Court

Type:Other Statutes > Cable/Satellite TV

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